Sana'a Great Mosque

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Original Qibla

Rebuilt facing Mecca


 Sana'a Yemen Great Mosque Petra Never

GPS Coordinates: 15°21'11.28"N 44°12'54.80"E

 The Great Mosque of San’a is in the capital city of Yemen. According to early sources, the Prophet Muhammad commanded the construction of this mosque, including its location and dimensions, sometime around 630 AD. While the validity of this claim lacks certainty, the mosque remains one of the early architectural projects in Islam. Sometime between 705 and 715 AD, the Umayyad Caliph al-Walid I rebuilt and enlarged the mosque. Like the previous examples, this mosque points directly towards Petra, but since the MEcca qibla is close it could be argued that it also points in the general direction of Mecca. In 1972 and 2010, caches of early
versions of the Qur'an were discovered in this mosque that will impact our study. For more information see:

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